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From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

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Explore the majestic castles of Connemara such as Aughnanure, Clifden, and Ballynahinch in a region famed for its breathtaking landscapes and glistening lakes.

Highlights

  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of the unspoilt Connemara landscape
  • Visit the Irish tower house of Aughnanure castle
  • Explore the world renowned Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian walled gardens
  • Take in the scenic views of the Sky Road outside Clifden
  • Enjoy some tea and scones at the Ballynahinch Castle estate

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First, visit Aughnanure Castle, a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. Find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and dry harbour.  Stop in the quaint village of Oughterard with its thatched cottage pub for a short coffee break. Continue with stops at the Quiet Man Bridge and the legendary Connemara Giant and on through the desolate Inagh Valley. The next castle stop is Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery. The next few hours are up to you to explore this romantic abbey, its Victorian walled gardens and Gothic church.  After the break, head to the capital of Connemara, the colourful market town of Clifden. En route (weather permitting), join the famous Sky Road (part of the Wild Atlantic Way) viewing the ruins of Clifden castle and taking in the panoramic views.  Them, explore Ballynahinch Castle and the estate grounds including the newly restored walled garden before sitting down to some delicious castle tea and scones. Finally, make your way back through storybook villages. Pass green fields marked by dry stone walls, and see sheep, cows, Connemara ponies and blanket bogs.

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Pickup and drop off from Galway city Guided tour Entrance fees Tea, coffee, and scones
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